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Around The Town With Lou: July 10, 2014

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

The John S. DaVanzo Community Pool is its official name. It bears this name because John is the man chiefly responsible for the facility’s existence. It was he who raised the funds and was the chairman of the pool board. It was fitting that his daughters, Judy and Mary, came to this year’s opening day ceremonies. Mayor Scott Strauss, remembers many happy summers at the pool. The Recreation Department is headed by Marie De Sousa and Dan Kopetic is the director. Jay Monaco is the chairman of the pool board and the other members are Rich Maher, Mary Ann Langone, Pat Strauss, Ken Solosky and me.

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Jim Agnew was riding his bike and he said when he lived in his native Ireland he couldn’t afford a car and used a bike. Now he rides it for fun.

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Third Precinct cop Joe Hughes was keeping the crowd in line when members of Corpus Christi Parish carried the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance around the block.

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Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League, was at Mass that day. He seems like an easygoing Irishman but if he feels that the church is being attacked he gets tough.

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James Petrowski, head usher at the church, worked in the financial department of Winthrop Hospital for 12 years. He lives on Elm Place.

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Dennis and Dorrine Moresso used to live in Mineola but now live in North Carolina. He is in the rug cleaning business.

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Ann Benedict teaches English and literature at Nassau Community College. She resides on Clinton Avenue and has been here for 17 years.

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John Wheeler, of Royal Avenue, works on Wall Street. He was born in the village 48 years ago.

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Custodio Cerqueira is in lawn maintenance. He and Maria come from Albertson.

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Sheila Rettaliata, that lady who can dance and sing so well and owns a company called “Best Foot Forward” says, “I am my business.” She is a cabaret producer and is in charge of entertainment for the Mineola Street Fair.

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Dave Keefe is the president of AARP. Dave taught social studies at Hempstead High. He and Rosemary have a house on Brown Street.

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Frank Syracuse worked for Pan Am. Remember them? Later, he was a code enforcer for the village and then worked at the Wyndham Apartments in Garden City. He and his late wife, Virginia, lived on Wellington Road.

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Pat Tobin, a member of the choir at Corpus Christi, likes to shop at King Kullen.

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Joan McCarthy is a literacy volunteer at our library.

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Eileen Kelly has lived here for 17 years. You can still hear the lilt of County Mayo when she talks. She and Gary live on Roselle Street. They have four kids, Darren, Owen, Ava and Michael.

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We lost a fine man with the death of Bill DaVanzo. A great head of Public Works, a fine trustee and a great friend.

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Jack Farley goes to Nassau Community College, studying communications. He hopes to become a film critic.

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Carmen Lino lives on Washington Avenue. She really enjoys the Mineola Pool.

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John and Alice Squeri have a home on Pershing Parkway. John worked in electronics. He is an usher at Corpus Christi.

News

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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